Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


Forgot your password?
Note: You can take 10% off all Slashdot Deals with coupon code "slashdot10off." ×

Comment Re: Perhaps if Apple devices weren't so locked dow (Score 1) 183

There are no non-privileged files on the iPhone.

The filesystem doesn't use the same model that a PC does, but you know that going into the purchase and would decide such a device is not for you and buy an Android device instead.

You're criticising the iPhone for not doing things you think it should be able to do. If it doesn't work the way you want it to then there are other smartphones that do.

Do you expect that Apple should make the iPhone work the way you want it to, just because?

That's no different than expecting all Android phones working the same way as iPhones.

Choices exist for a reason.

Comment Re:Upstart? Scarebus? Comparison to Concorde? (Score 1) 345

It didn't go supersonic over land on either side of the world. They waited until they were out over water before doing so for the sake of the people on the ground.

There was no getting away from the fact that it was a noisy aircraft though - 4 large turbojets will do that.

Comment Re:Upstart? Scarebus? Comparison to Concorde? (Score 1) 345

The Concorde also changed size (considerably) when in supercruise due to thermal expansion and it didn't leak, but it also wasn't built entirely of titanium and only had to consider mach 2, not mach 3 and beyond that made the SR-71 such a remarkable aircraft for the time.

Comment Re:Impressive, if true (Score 1) 248

The GP is using the Kerbal Space Program value - it takes 800-900 m/s to get to Mun from low Kerbin orbit, but the Kerbal solar system is scaled down by about a factor of ten while the values for gravity are similar to the real solar system - Kerbin has the same gravity as the Earth but is ten times smaller, for example.

Comment Re:Not streamed at 256Kbps (Score 1) 574

My quote specifically mentioned Spotify, Beats and Apple Music, and while it didn't mention other services like Tidal directly, those also exist. It specifically applied to more than just Apple music - I looked for a quote that encompassed more than just Apple (I assume you actually read the quote and/or article and didn't just look at the URL and draw your conclusions?)

I'm also amazed that you're putting so much stock in a slashdot UI thing that I had totally forgotten existed in the ten years since I started using this site. I have nothing against you personally here, but you sure seem to be very sensitive about how you're perceived. I'm not the one here trying to "evade" the topic. I'm also not the one trying to make this personal.

You made an assumption, I corrected it with a sourced quote that covered multiple music streaming services, then also performed a network test on one of them (I don't have accounts for the others) to confirm that the advertised streaming rate was accurate.

This is all on the back of a story about Neil Young pulling his music from all streaming services over his belief that they are lower quality than any other music distribution system invented since he was alive, including AM radio and 8 track tape.

I'm not sure how you can draw the conclusion that I "[don't] know something about" this topic. If you can point out where I've made a factual error worthy of classifying my comments as "ignorant noise" then I'm all ears.

Comment Re:Not streamed at 256Kbps (Score 1) 574

Foe? What? If I've clicked anything on the slashdot UI that marked that then it was entirely by accident - I've had this account for over a decade, but I don't use the friend or foe thing. Assuming it's the icon next to your UID it is orange on my screen and titled "freak" so I have no idea what that means, I certainly didn't set that up, or if I did it was ten years ago when I first registered and I was testing out what the buttons did - I've never actually used it to keep a list of "enemies".

Like I said, I have no idea who you are.

As far as streaming rates go - Young is pulling his music from all streaming services due to "audio quality", and all of the major ones except Pandora are 256k or better. Tidal is lossless, yet he is claiming that he'll be back if they approach the quality of AM radio or 8 track tapes.

In other words, he is talking nonsense.

Comment Re:Not streamed at 256Kbps (Score 1) 574

Music today is streamed at 256k or better.

I know you desperately want to find some way of putting me down, but how about forgetting about who I am and just looking at network activity when one of these streaming services is running?

Who are you exactly? I'd have to know who you were before forgetting who you are, other than someone who is now changing their argument because they got called out.

I did actually test Apple Music's bitrate - I picked a random song I don't own and looked at the network traffic. It downloaded approximately 6 MB of data in a burst in the first few seconds of the song which was 3:08 long, which comes to *does calculation* about 256 kbit/s.

So, what am I looking for here exactly? Other than perhaps trying to figure out who you are maybe? Does that come from analysing my network traffic to determine that Apple's posted bitrate is accurate?

If so I'm not seeing how.

Happiness is a hard disk.